April 1, 2017 8:30 – 4:15pm

Immanuel Baptist Church (295 Young Street, Truro, NS)

NEXT, a children’s ministry conference designed to encourage and equip you (leaders and volunteers) to make a difference in the lives of kids and families. The day is full of lots of practical workshops that will help you make a difference in your kids ministry immediately. 




Saturday, April 1, 2017

8:30 – 9:00a - Registration & Coffee

9:00 – 9:45a - Opening Session (Sanctuary)

9:45 – 9:50a - Transition

9:50 - 10:35a - Workshop 1 options: There will be 5 to choose from!

10:35 – 10:50a - Break

10:50 – 11:35a - Workshop 2 options: There will be 5 to choose from!

11:35 – 11:40 - Transition

11:40a – 12:25p - Workshop 3 options: There will be 5 to choose from!

12:30 – 1:30p - Lunch

1:30 – 2:30p - Seminar Options

A.      Soul Care [John McNally]

B.      Joining God in our Neighbourhoods

2:30 – 2:45p - Break

2:45 – 4:15p - Closing Session (Sanctuary)


Keynote Speaker - Steve Michels

Sometimes, it feels like Stephen has been involved in children’s ministry his whole life.  Growing up in the church, in a family that valued service, Stephen started helping out in Sunday school and VBS as soon as he was allowed.  In his late teens, Stephen discovered camp ministry and thirty years later, he continues to enjoy what the Lord does through camps every summer and at other times too!  His love for working with children led Stephen to become a school teacher and his passion for Christ led him to seminary.  Stephen taught at the Halifax Christian Academy for 10 years in the junior/senior high before entering into pastoral ministry in a small church where he had the opportunity to understand the meaning of being all things to all people.  The Lord led Stephen to StoneRidge Fellowship Baptist Church in Lower Sackville where he served as the director of Children’s ministry for three years.  He is currently the pastor of discipleship at StoneRidge, working to develop healthy disciples of Jesus Christ, at every age and stage of life.  Stephen lives in Dartmouth with his amazing wife, Samantha, and his most precious fellow disciples, Andrew, Jonathan and Hannah."




Some of the WORKSHOP topics we are working on for 2017 are:

  • Starting a Children's Ministry from Scratch
  • Connecting Your Kids Ministry to the Whole Church
  • Ministry with Preschoolers
  • Nursery Ministry
  • Youth Leading in Kids Ministry
  • Connecting Kids to the Church from Camp Ministries
  • Connecting with Kids Through Sports
  • Connecting with Moms and Dads
  • Gender Issues in Kids Min
  • Helping Kids Coping with Trauma
  • Involving Kids in your Neighbourhood
  • Helping Kids Understand Baptism and Church Membership
  • Talking About Pornography (& other tough issues) in Your Kids Ministry
  • Helping Kids Connect to our Muslim friends
  • Including Different Learning Styles & Abilities in Your Kid Ministry
  • Creative Bible Teaching – Making the Bible Connect to Kids



Registration is now closed for NEXT 2017. We look forward to seeing all of you next year! We'll let you know ASAP when registration opens for 2018. Stay tuned!